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The Word on Fire Show - Catholic Faith and Culture Bishop Robert Barron

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Join Bishop Robert Barron for a weekly podcast on faith and culture. Find more episodes at http://WordOnFireShow.com and submit your questions at http://AskBishopBarron.com.

    WOF 432: Who is Dante Alighieri?

    WOF 432: Who is Dante Alighieri?

    Today we are excited to bring you the first lecture from Bishop Barron’s popular course, “Dante’s Catholic Imagination,” which is available in its entirety inside the Word on Fire Institute. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into Dante’s evergreen, always-relevant poetic, moral, and theological genius. 


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    • 19 min
    WOF 431: Euthanasia & the Culture of Death

    WOF 431: Euthanasia & the Culture of Death

    Pope St. John Paul II used the term “culture of death'' in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae to capture the secular world’s dark confluence of poisonous ideas and practices that lead—directly and indirectly—to spiritual and physical ruin.
    Sadly, we’ve seen the the culture of death advance on many fronts. Today, we focus on the increasing legalization of suicide in the United States and abroad. Listen as we discuss the issue and how Catholics can and should respond to it. 
    A listener asks why we pray for the dead, and can we pray for the souls on atheists and non-Catholics?
    00:00 | Intro 
    01:18 | Bishop Barron's recent diocesan work 
    02:34 | The role of euphemism in the euthanasia debate 
    06:39 | Unpacking "autonomy" and "compassion" 
    12:31 | Responding to critics of the slippery slope argument 
    20:56 | The State's role in moral disputes 
    24:40 | How can Catholics positively respond to euthanasia? 
    26:50 | Listener question 
    28:15 | Word on Fire Institute
    SHOW NOTES:

    Evangelium Vitae “It’s Not Your Life, It’s Not Your Death, It’s Not Your Choice” article by Bishop Barron https://www.compassionandchoices.org/resource/states-or-territories-where-medical-aid-in-dying-is-authorized https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/254197/assisted-suicide-in-the-united-states-where-is-it-legal Learn more about the Word on Fire Institute: https://institute.wordonfire.org/
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    • 28 min
    WOF 430: A Full Witness to Jesus Christ

    WOF 430: A Full Witness to Jesus Christ

    Today we bring you Bishop Barron's keynote address from the recent Good News Conference. In it, he speaks in depth about what it means to be a full witness to Jesus Christ. Enjoy! 


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    • 53 min
    WOF 429: Is There a Catholic Antidote to the Crisis in Higher Education?

    WOF 429: Is There a Catholic Antidote to the Crisis in Higher Education?

    According to Fortune magazine, overall undergraduate enrollment experienced the steepest rate of decline on record from 2019 to 2022, and it has only worsened since then. There are several explanations, but one cause is entirely self-imposed: most universities and colleges have now replaced education with ideology, subverting the search for truth with political indoctrination. Today, we discuss the ideological takeover of higher education and how the Catholic conception of the university can help provide an antidote. 

    A listener asks, if priests are meant to represent Jesus, are nuns supposed to represent Mary?

    00:00 | Intro
    01:47 | Catholic social thought tradition and the higher education crisis
    03:50 | Differences between Catholic and secular universities
    04:50 | Seeking while knowing the truth
    07:33 | Resisting relativism
    09:30 | Catholic staff ratios for Catholic universities
    11:16 | Segregating Catholic identity
    13:51 | Academic freedom at Catholic universities
    15:46 | Dicy freedom of speech claims
    17:06 | Catholic universities and male participation
    18:37 | Higher education and vocational training
    20:35 | High costs and accessibility
    21:51 | What can we do to course-correct universities that have lost their way?
    24:50 | Listener question
    26:01 | Word on Fire Institute

    Links
    “Ivy League Presidents and the Collapse of Moral Reasoning” by Bishop Barron Statistic on men in 4-year schools: https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/12/18/fewer-young-men-are-in-college-especially-at-4-year-schools/ Learn more about the Word on Fire Institute: Institute.WordonFire.org

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    • 26 min
    WOF 428: Talking Politics & Religion w/ Ro Khanna

    WOF 428: Talking Politics & Religion w/ Ro Khanna

    Today, we are bringing you a recent conversation from the “Bishop Barron Presents” series between Bishop Barron and Congressman Ro Khanna. Congressman Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, best known as the home of Silicon Valley. Over the course of the conversation, the Bishop and he discussed his background, Catholic social teaching, various policy matters, finding common ground, and why the American experiment is a great and worthwhile endeavor. Enjoy!


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    WOF 427: Hearing the Voice of God

    WOF 427: Hearing the Voice of God

    Friends, the Book of Jonah is one of the shortest books of the Bible, yet it’s packed with profound truths about hearing and obeying the voice of God. On today’s episode of “The Word on Fire Show,” Brandon Vogt and I discuss this powerful little book.
    A listener asks, why did Jesus show up when he did and not at a different point in time? What would the world look like had he showed up later, or not at all?
    00:00 | Intro
    00:46 | Bishop Barron on Catholic Schools Week
    01:51 | Bishop Barron’s recent conversation with Jordan Peterson
    02:47 | Intro to the book of Jonah
    04:41 | Jonah’s opening narrative
    09:25 | Lessons from Luke’s road to Emmaus and Jonah
    11:00 | The significance of Jonah’s storm
    14:31 | The significance of Jonah’s fish
    16:58 | Answering Jonah’s critics
    18:22 | Jonah’s concluding narrative
    20:17 | Jesus’ words on Jonah
    22:48 | More resources on Jonah
    23:34 | Listener question
    26:17 | New book—Princesses of Heaven: The Flowers
    27:13 | Special announcement about future of WOF Show
    Links A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment by Fr. Paul Murray Princesses of Heaven: The Flowers by Fabiola Garza NOTE: Do you like this podcast? Become a patron and get some great perks for helping, like free books, bonus content, and more. Word on Fire is a non-profit ministry that depends on the support of our listeners…like you! So be part of this mission, and join us today!

    • 32 min

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